I like this car. Always have. I like the packaging, the seating position, the great forward vision through the broad windshield. I have no beef with the innocuous interior styling. There's nothing offensive here, although some people may find some of the plastics a little hard and the colors a little bland, but overall not much to complain about. What I do like are the everyday touches like the very large cup holders and the big bin at the bottom of the center stack: these are the things that make a car easy to live with. I also appreciated the decent-size space in the doors to fit a beverage bottle or sunglasses or such. The surprisingly large sunroof, standard on this Limited model, brightens up the cabin. The blue-ringed gauges are attractive. The stereo controls are a little small but pretty clear and easy to use. The HVAC system is very clear and easy to use. Neither of these functions can be taken for granted in modern cars, where they're more and more rendered confusing by perplexing technology.
The turbo engine provides plenty of power for this vehicle for freeway merging and passing. All in all, the Forester is not an exciting vehicle, but it is a very practical vehicle and you can certainly understand why it is so popular with its owners.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor